Sea Hunt Comic Books

Sea Hunt comic books are often the first bit of memorabilia that Sea Hunt fans see and start collecting.

That was the case for myself. While visiting my parents in my childhood home I found an old Sea Hunt comic. I sat down and re-read the entire comic and I really enjoyed it! Needless to say I started thinking about Sea Hunt again and was soon wondering if there were other comic books available. As they say, the rest is history. My collection now includes hundreds of Sea Hunt items.

Comic books are easily available on a dozen websites. eBay is probably the best source. Prices range from $0.99 to $99.00 and it often seems that the only difference is in the seller’s mind. Certainly a near-perfect comic is worth a lot more than a well-read book but when starting a collection just for fun, just get a set of comic books. You can always get pickier later and trade or buy and sell until you have a set that you’re happy with. Again, that’s what I did so I now have a set of books that is near-perfect plus I have hundreds of extras that I sell or trade for other items.

Don’t be fooled by the seller’s descriptions that say “RARE”. They’re NOT rare. Also be skeptical about the descriptions as well. Comic book dealers are usually the best source. Individual sellers will always say their Sea Hunt comic book is excellent. If you see “In great condition for a 60 year-old comic” be careful. It could mean that it’s been read daily every day for 60 years. It either is in great condition or it is not!

Great condition should mean that the comic book is completely intact with no missing pages, no tears, no chips of cover missing, etc. The pages will have yellowed over the years but a good one will have largely white pages with just some yellowing on the edges. The staples will be in good shape, not rusty or loose. There should not be any wrinkles in the cover.

There are a few things to keep in mind when grading your comics. The paper is bound to be brittle because of its age. When inserting your comics into a plastic sleeve be careful to not catch the edge of the cover and break off little chips. I use a cardboard to stiffen the book in the sleeve. You can get proper comic book cardboard that does not have chemicals that will affect the comic. Unlike comic book dealers, I put my cardboard at the center of the book – on the staple page. That way I can see the back cover which can be important as you’ll see if you read on. Comics with a dark (black) cover are particularly hard to find in nice condition. The black is affected by bending and most comic books are bent (when being hidden in a math text for instance, or under the bedcovers).

I have 66 comic books or comic book related items in my collection – 6 different countries & languages.

  • American
    Comics
  • Mexican
    Comics
  • Brazil
    Comics
  • UK and Australia
    Comics
  • German
    Comics

So let’s look at the comics in my collection. This might be interesting for you since there were 13 comic books published in North America but I have 22 of them in my collection. Read on and you’ll see why.

American – 27 comics (5 Variants, 6 Signed, 1 Misprint, 2 Shop Dummies) PLUS 2 cover photo negatives

The following lists are organized thus:
My Number        Issue Number   •   Publisher   •   Description of Item   •   Back Cover (BC) Notes

1.      928   •   Four Color 1 (DELL)   •   August 1958 Issue   •    (BC) ‘Temple of the Depths’ picture story 2

1. Four Color is the name of the comic series published by DELL, but not called DELL. Read about this on Wikipedia.
2.  A picture story is a series of hand painted images with text that tell a story – like a mini comic book.
Read more about Sea Hunt Comic #1 HERE.

2.      928   •   Four Color  (DELL)   •   Variant 3   •    (BC) Juicy Fruit Gum advertisement

3.  A variant is an issue with a different back cover usually made to advertise in a specific market area.

3.      928   •   Four Color  (DELL)   •   Shop Dummy with Editor’s Notes 4

4.  A Shop Dummy is the original mock-up of the outside cover with notes from the artists, editor, etc., as it progresses from concept to finished copy for printing. Then it is scrapped – usually!

4.      994   •   Four Color  (DELL)   •   May 1959 Issue   •   (BC) ‘Aquatic Architects’ picture story

5.      994   •   Four Color  (DELL)   •   Shop Dummy with Editor’s Notes

6.      994   •   Four Color  (DELL)   •   Printers Error   •   Sea Hunt #994 in a DELL “Vikings” comic cover
7.    1041   •   Four Color  (DELL)   •   October 1959 Issue   •   (BC) ‘Cautions for Divers’

8.    1041   •   Four Color  (DELL)   •   Signed by Lloyd Bridges

9.           4   •   DELL   •   January 1960 Issue   •   (BC) ‘Ocean Locomotion’ picture story

10.         5   •   DELL   •   April 1960 Issue   •   (BC) ‘Tale of a Whale’ picture story

11.         5   •   DELL   •   Variant   •   (BC) Kraft Foods advertisement

12.         5   •   DELL   •   Signed by Lloyd Bridges

13.         6   •   DELL   •   July 1960 Issue   •   (BC) ‘Treasure of the Seas’ picture story

14.         6   •   DELL   •   Variant   •   (BC) Daisy Air Rifle advertisement

15.         6   •   Original Photo Negative shot for this cover #7824 by Roger Davidson (NOT the one used) 5
5.  A photo shoot of the star is made for the front cover. Several shots are made but only one is used. The rest are scrapped – usually!

16.         7   •   DELL   •   October 1960 Issue   •   (BC) ‘Suited for Diving’ picture story

17.         7   •   DELL   •   Signed by Lloyd Bridges

18.         8   •   DELL   •   January 1961 Issue   •   (BC) ‘Water Clowns’ picture story

19.         8   •   DELL   •   Variant   •   (BC) Daisy Air Rifle advertisement

20.         8   •   DELL   •   Signed by Lloyd Bridges

21.         9   •   DELL   •   April 1961 Issue   •   (BC) ‘Birds of the Sea’ picture story

      This comic has 5 stories – 3 Sea Hunt, 1 non-Sea Hunt & 1 text-only

22.         9   •   DELL   •   Variant   •   (BC) General Foods (Twinkles) advertisement

23.       10   •   DELL   •   July 1961 Issue   •   (BC) Schwinn Bicycle advertisement

      With this issue, DELL started putting full page ads in the middle of the book

24.        10   •   DELL   •   Signed by Lloyd Bridges

25.        11   •   DELL   •  October 1961 Issue   •   (BC) Kellogg’s Corn Flakes advertisement

26.        11   •   DELL   •   Original Photo Negative shot for this cover #7825 by Roger Davidson (NOT the one used)

27.        12   •   DELL   •   January 1962 Issue   •   (BC) Schwinn Bicycle advertisement

28.        12   •   DELL   •   Signed by Lloyd Bridges

29.        13   •   DELL   •   April 1962 Issue   •   (BC) Junior Sales Club advertisement

These comics use the original US version front covers & stories although not necessarily in the same sequence or combination. The non-Sea Hunt cartoon stories & the advertisements are unique to the country.

Mexican (Spanish) – 8 comics (1 Variant)

The following lists are organized thus:
My Number        Issue Number   •   Publisher   •   Description of Item   •   Back Cover (BC) Notes

30.       337  •  Editorial Novaro  •  September 1960 Issue  •  (BC) Christmas advertisement for Department Store

    This comic has 1 Sea Hunt story

31.       351   •   Editorial Novaro   •   December 1960   •   (BC) ‘Aquatic Architects’ picture story (as USA version)

    This comic has 2 Sea Hunt stories

32.       367   •   Editorial Novaro   •   April 1961   •   (BC) ‘Cautions for Divers’ picture story (as USA version)

    2 Sea Hunt stories

33.       367   •   Editorial Novaro   •   Variant  •   (BC) Coca-Cola advertisement

34.       392   •   Editorial Novaro   •   October 1961  •   (BC) Hardcover advertisement for Catholic books

    2 Sea Hunt stories & 2 non-Sea Hunt stories (1 is a 1-page cartoon)

35.       408   •   Editorial Novaro   •   January 1962  •   (BC) Tarzan Coloring Book advertisement

    This comic has 2 Sea Hunt stories & 1 non-Sea Hunt story

36.       418   •   Editorial Novaro   •   April 1962  •   (BC) Woody Woodpecker book advertisement

    2 Sea Hunt stories & 2 non-Sea Hunt stories (1 is a 1-page cartoon)

37.       423   •   Editorial Novaro   •   May 1962  •   (BC) Charles Atlas body building advertisement

    This comic has 2 Sea Hunt stories & 1 non-Sea Hunt story – a 1-page cartoon

5.      994   •   Four Color  (DELL)   •   Shop Dummy with Editor’s Notes

Oddly, these comics include a running series about “How Gas Engines Work” & some stories about divers versus incredible, fictitious undersea monsters. Some front covers are quite unique with exciting artwork. Otherwise they’re like the US issues (in Portuguese, NOT Spanish). the price is Cr$ 20,00 (cruziero – about 25 cents USD – I think)

Brazil (Portuguese) – 6 comics

The following list is organized thus:
My Number        Issue Number   •   Publisher   •   Description of Item   •   Back Cover (BC) Notes

38.       7   •   O Guri   •   July 1961 Issue   •   (BC) Moedas do mar (‘Money from the Sea’ story as USA)

39.       8   •   O Guri   •   August 1961   •   (BC) Caca Submarina (‘Suited for Diving’ story as USA)

40.       9   •   O Guri   •   September 1961   •   (BC) O Caminho Das Diligencias (picture story for Maverick)

41.     11   •   O Guri   •   October 1961   •   (BC) Os Tubaros (picture story about various sharks)

42.       5   •   O Guri   •   May 1962   •   (BC) Advertisement for Bank Checking Services

43.       7   •   O Guri   •   July 1962   •   (BC) A Grama Do Mar (picture story about various sea weeds)

44.       53   •   World Distributors   •   ? 1958   •   (BC) ‘Temple of the Depths’ picture story (as USA)

Oddly, this comic is a bit smaller by about 1″ than any other

45.         7   •   DELL   •   October 1960   •   (BC) ‘Suited for Diving’ picture story

This is identical to the USA version but with a printed price of 9d (9 pence)

46.         9   •   Junior Reader’s Press   •   ? 1958   •   (BC) Dance and Art School advertisement

This comic is black & white only & printed on cheap newsprint paper. The front cover looks like a cheap photocopy of the USA #1 issue.
It is glued together, not stapled like every other Sea Hunt comic.
The price is 1’. (1 Australian Pound).


Germany (German)
– 20 comics called ‘Mike Nelson’ (NOT Sea Hunt)

The German Sea Hunt comics have some real oddities. Notice is that they are called ‘Mike Nelson’ comics, not Sea Hunt.
The last 3 issues even substituted the title of the inside story as a title for the comic rather than Mike Nelson. In the very last issue,’ Mike Nelson’ does appear in small letters under the larger title.

Although not in the same order, the first 8 comics have the US cover with Lloyd Bridges as Mike Nelson in his Voit gear. Lloyd Bridges’ name appears on only 4 of these 8 comics (in the US it is on every one).

The rest have an unknown diver in German scuba gear. I have tried unsuccessfully to determine this guy’s name.

Most of the stories are from the US comics as well. The US comics had 2 Sea Hunt stories plus another short non-Sea Hunt story in each issue while the German comics commonly had just 1 story. Some German comics had 2 stories but they weren’t always both Sea Hunt stories. Some were the non-Sea Hunt stories again from the US issues.

Also, the covers and the stories do not match the US version. That is, a German comic may have a cover from one US issue, a Sea Hunt story from another US issue and, if it has 2 or 3 stories (a few do), they may be from  different comics.

The first German comic (#29) has the same cover and same back cover as US #6. The rest of the German back covers have ads for other New Tessloff comics – Dennis the Menace, The Flintstones, Tom & Jerry, and Huckleberry Hound.
There is no date or month on the cover as in the US. Only the issue number gives the sequence and those numbers are not sequential. The publisher numbered all of their comics as published regardless of the name of the comic. Copyright dates, with ZIV-USA authorization, run from 1961 to 1964. The color printing quality is good but NOT up to US standards.
“60 Pf” appears on the top right corner (“60 Pfg.” on the first one). Pf is a pre-Euro German coin which roughly translates to ‘penny’. Each issue also shows the price in Italy (130 Lire), Austria (3 Schilling), and Switzerland (70 Rappen).

The following lists are organized thus:
My Number        Issue Number   •   Publisher   •   Description of Item   •   Back Cover (BC) Notes

47.      29   •   New Tessloff   •   Identical to US #6; same story, same front & back cover
48.      32   •   New Tessloff   •   Cover from US #2; same story although skipping some pages
49.      37   •   New Tessloff   •   Cover from US #8; same story
50.      42   •   New Tessloff   •   Cover from US #1; 2 stories – both from US #9

51.      47   •   New Tessloff   •   Cover from US #3; 2 stories – Sea Hunt from US #2; non-Sea Hunt story from US #9

52.      51   •   New Tessloff   •   Cover from US #9; story from US #3

53.      56   •   New Tessloff   •   Cover from US #10; 2 stories – Sea Hunt from US #8; non-Sea Hunt story from US #8

54.      62   •   New Tessloff   •   Cover from US #5; story from US #5

The following comics have the German cover, still called Mike Nelson but definitely NOT Lloyd Bridges!

55.      79   •   New Tessloff   •   German cover; 2 stories – Sea Hunt & non-Sea Hunt from US #10

56.      87   •   New Tessloff   •   German cover; 2 stories – Sea Hunt from US #11; odd western-themed non-Sea Hunt

57.      93   •   New Tessloff   •   German cover; Sea Hunt story from US #4

58.      98   •   New Tessloff   •   German cover; 3 stories – Sea Hunt; non-Sea Hunt & text-only all from US #5

It also has a neat, full page advertisement for Roy Rogers.

59.      105   •   New Tessloff   •   German cover; 3 stories – Sea Hunt, non-Sea Hunt & Text only, all from US #12

60.      112   •   New Tessloff   •   German cover; 2 stories – both Sea Hunt, 1st is from US #6, 2nd is from US #7

61.      116   •   New Tessloff   •   German cover; 3 stories – Sea Hunt from US #9, text-only & non-Sea Hunt.

62.      123   •   New Tessloff   •   German cover; 3 stories – Sea Hunt from US #12, text-only US #13; non-Sea Hunt US #4.

63.      129   •   New Tessloff   •   German cover; 2 stories – Sea Hunt from US #3, text-only from US #10.

64.      135   •   New Tessloff   •   German cover; 1 story only, Sea Hunt from US #7

65.      141   •   New Tessloff   •   German cover; 1 story only, Sea Hunt from US #13

This comic has the same front cover photo as German #93

66.      152   •   New Tessloff   •   German cover; 2 stories – Sea Hunt from US #13, non-Sea Hunt from US #6.

This comic has the same front cover photo as German #112

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